Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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Beef Enchiladas with Flour Tortillas

 

As my children get older, I find myself appreciating meals where each element can be made ahead of time and even better, a meal that provides leftovers that are just as delicious rewarmed.  Flour tortillas have always been a go-to for me.  I would say that at least once per week we have something that utilizes a simple tortilla.  From breakfast burritos to steak fajitas, being able to make a large batch enables me to quickly throw something together and wrap a tortilla around it. Today I am not only giving you a great tortilla recipe, but also featuring the Meat Mincer Complete Package to create a rich and smooth enchilada sauce.  Not a traditional enchilada sauce, this recipe has elements of a mole giving it an earthy and smooth flavor.  I was tempted to call it a Molchilada!  It keeps beautifully in the refrigerator and can also be canned using a water bath method.

As I share my recipe for flour tortillas I also want to introduce you to one of my favorite kitchen tools.  The 10″ Flat Bread Maker by CucinaPro is one of those tools that makes my life easier.  I have the opportunity to use a lot of different pieces of kitchen equipment and normally I shy away from purchasing something that can only perform one task.  I seek out items that are multi-functional so that I feel I’m getting my money’s worth.  However, this item is one of those things that even though it can only perform one function, it does it so well and allows me to make something that my family loves, that I find it is worth every penny.

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Mushroom Walnut Burgers

In the bonus post for this month (subscribe to receive!) I was talking about all the great attachments that come with the Meat Mincer Complete package that have nothing to do with grinding meat or making sausages.  It got me thinking about ways to make this attachment appealing to someone that doesn’t eat a lot of meat, like me.  So then I was determined to make a vegetarian burger using the meat grinder.  Sacrilegious, I know.  But the former vegetarian in me got a laugh out of it.  Now, I have nothing against eating meat and use the grinder all the time for tasty burgers, meatballs, etc.  It is an awesome meat grinder, but it also makes a pretty fabulous mushroom burger too.

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